The NHS across North Kent and Medway is currently experiencing significant pressure, with unprecedented levels of demand for Accident & Emergency (A&E) services and out-of-hours services – with local hospitals seeing more patients than there are beds for.
Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, is backing the hospital’s senior clinicians, and asking people with minor illnesses or non-life threatening conditions to seek alternative treatment.
A spokesperson for Medway CCG said: “With these high levels of demand, the system is under serious pressure and priority is being given to those patients with urgent life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
“We are also urging residents to consider their options before visiting the Emergency Department at any of the area’s hospitals, which are all currently experiencing extremely high levels of attendance.
“Patients attending A&E with a minor illness are likely to experience an extremely long wait, with priority being given to those people with serious or life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”
In Medway, the Balmoral Gardens Healthy Living Centre in Gillingham is open from 8am to 8pm on weekends and bank holidays and patients can walk in at any time, and from 7am tomorrow (Tuesday).
The free Health Help Now website and app enables people to check their symptoms and search for local health services. As well as recommending options for treatment, it will provide opening hours of pharmacies and walk-in centres, including special dates over the New Year period, and provides maps and directions.
Visit http://kent.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk/ or the app store. Further healthcare advice is also available at www.nhs.uk/staywell
Here is a link to a list of pharmacies that are open https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/pharm-info/ss-pharm/
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Notes to Editors
- Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 295,223 across Medway.
- Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time.
- The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
- It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions.
- Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.